As promised, here's the second half of this weekend's very quiet slate of hard rock concert previews, but it works out well, as today's post is 100% devoted to bands and concerts in the Sault Michigan area, including videos and updates from a handful of local acts! Here's what you should know to kick off December, starting with a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!
Theatre of Night have added a few new gigs to their Christmas tour, and they include their Pickford debut on Sunday, December 17th when they rock the Pickford United Methodist Church at 115 East Church Street! It's not every day when we cover a show in Pickford, let alone one in an active church, but the setting fits given that they do perform religious Christmas carols. Promoted as "an intimate show" with a pot-luck dinner of some kind also teased, this joins tour kick-off dates tomorrow & Saturday night in Jackson, so mid-Michigan fans will get a chance to see Theatre of Night sooner than anyone else! Click here for details on those shows. A special 5:00 PM start time is in effect for this show, which is assuredly ALL AGES, and there is no announced cover charge. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and stay tuned for much more on Theatre of Night's Christmas tour plans soon, including on the Soo Theater show the previous night!
Next up, here's our previews of Kinross classic/hard rock trio Banned 's next gigs at The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT! A week and a half removed from their pre-Thanksgiving gig at the Dondee, this will be the Traynors & Wayne's first concert weekend at the Soo Kewadin branch in almost four months. These are also their final advertised concerts of 2017, though of course, we'll address potential local gigs as they come in, perhaps as we get closer to the holidays. Of course, Banned's often-hard rocking covers and fan favourite atmosphere should get crowds going at The Rapids Lounge over these next two nights, so don't miss out tonight and/or tomorrow for all of the action! These 21+ shows have no announced cover charges and 9:00 PM start times. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Banned live!
Also, here's a new video from last week's Bret Michaels concert at The Dreammaker's Theater at the Soo Kewadin! Uploaded by attendee Rhiannon Singer on Wednesday, this cell phone video is of Bret covering Poison's "Talk Dirty To Me" to open his set, as seen in much longer detail from another attendee at this link. The 41 second run time, vertical camera angle, and muffled guitars don't help the quality, but the video is good for what it is, and it's nice to see some more footage online, so check it out below!
Project 906, so what have they been up to over the past month? While there hasn't been a public show on their schedule since October, they did play a private event in Newberry early last month, while guitarist Joe Jenkins & singer Billy Bernier played a Relay For Life benefit concert at Lake Superior State University on November 17th alongside Joe's Crooked Music colleague Zac Crook and Dead Water Tapes guitarist Garrett Chevrette. We did not call the show on here for coverage as it was officially advertised as a solo set by Joe, and I couldn't immediately verify if he would be playing similar material as 906 do or not, but hopefully it was a great time for the cause! While we wait for Project 906's next live gigs, the band shared three videos onto their Facebook page on November 8th from what appear to be the aforementioned Newberry private gig, so what should you know on these?
Filmed by attendee Ellen Grigsby and shared from Joe's personal Facebook page, the videos feature Project 906 covering Alice In Chains' "Man In The Box", Sammy Hagar's "Heavy Metal", and as embedded below, Tesla's "Modern Day Cowboy". Not bad at all, and I like how Billy's voice is developing on the latter two songs (raspy yet rangy!), but the lighting isn't always optimal, and the music can sound a little muddled through this camera. Give these new Project 906 videos a look above & below, and hopefully we hear more from them soon!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for this month's "Where Are The New Albums? post next! Thanks everyone!